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Serl nearly gets Grizzlies doubleheader split with Chiefs

MOSES LAKE - After a painful first half of the doubleheader last Friday, the Grizzlies rallied in the second game and nearly took it into extra innings.

The Chiefs batted for 10 hits to score 15 runs in the first game, against Sunnyside's single hit by Sam Romero. Moses Lake scored two runs in the second, five in the third and eight in the fourth to finish off the Grizzlies, 15-0.

The starting pitcher for Sunnyside was Joel Ortega, who had four strikeouts before being relieved by Ed Bright.

Putting the first game behind them, the Grizzlies held the Chiefs to only four hits in the nightcap. Pitcher Trey Serl handcuffed the Moses Lake batters to give his team a chance at the victory.

The Chiefs managed to manufacture one run in each of the first three innings and took a three-run lead into the seventh, when Grizzly bats finally came alive.

Miguel Mendez tapped a single and was followed by Tim Martinez, who hit into what should have been a double-play but was flubbed by the Moses Lake fielders. With both runners safe on base, Serl hit a solid double that sent the runners home. Serl later came home himself on a passed ball to tie the game at three-all.

"They didn't quit," Sunnyside Coach Terry Shines said of his Grizzlies. "At the last they were able to put runs on the board and run the bases. They held it together."

But the tie didn't last long. In the bottom of the seventh with a runner on, Serl walked a batter. A sacrifice moved the runners to second and third, so the Grizzlies gave an intentional walk to the next batter to load the bases.

"We wanted to be able to force an out," said Shines.

A line drive ended the game when the Moses Lake runner beat the throw to home to give the Chiefs the 4-3 win.

Sunnyside had five hits in the game, two of them off the bat of Hank Fairbairn.

"They still held it together," said Shines. "They could have given up after the first game. They didn't quit."

The Grizzlies (0-6, 2-9) travel to Davis tomorrow, April 16, for a single game.

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